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    Cliff Steele (Earth-21)




    The road is long and twisty, son. And in the end, wherever you are or whoever you're with, all's you got is your self-respect. You understand me?
    I know where I will be. I'll be right here.
    RJ Steele and Cliff Steele[src]

    Clifford "Cliff" Steele[4] was a successful race car driver in the 1980s who was supposedly killed in a car incident. His brain was preserved by Niles Caulder and was placed in a robotic body with mystical properties, turning him into the Robotman.

    Shocked by his change, Steele stood in his room in the Doom Manor for years until Crazy Jane's return. Steele eventually joined forces with other residents in the manor and formed a team against Mister Nobody. Over the course of the two years, Steele reconciled with his daughter and made up for his mistakes in the past.

    Unfortunately, Steele began to show Parkinson's symptoms, though hiding his condition from the team and his family. He eventually realized he had made a mistake and began treating his disease. Before he could recover from it, Steele's body was taken by the Brain while he was placed in another. Although his body was destroyed, Steele settled in the gigantic replacement and continued his adventures with the team, now coined the Doom Patrol by himself.

    Biography[edit | hide | hide all]

    Early Life[edit | hide]

    The King[edit | hide]

    The Accident[edit | hide]

    Rebirth[edit | hide]

    Isolation[edit | hide]

    Meeting Jane[edit | hide]

    Candlemaker[edit | hide]

    Family Time[edit | hide]

    Robot Pops[edit | hide]

    Vacation[edit | hide]

    Afterlife[edit | hide]

    Undead[edit | hide]

    New Threats[edit | hide]

    Dada[edit | hide]

    Eternal Flagellation[edit | hide]

    Trip in the Subconscious[edit | hide]

    Problems Solved[edit | hide]

    Robot Journey[edit | hide]

    Immortus Will Rise[edit | hide]

    Doomed Patrol[edit | hide]

    Into the Future[edit | hide]

    First Touch in Years[edit | hide]

    Rita Farr Retrospective[edit | hide]

    Back to Youth[edit | hide]

    Love[edit | hide]

    Into Orqwith[edit | hide]

    Heroes of Cloverton[edit | hide]

    Age of Immortus[edit | hide]

    Immortimas Day[edit | hide]

    One Last Mission[edit | hide]

    Paraguay, 1948[edit | hide]

    The End[edit | hide]

    Home[edit | hide]

    Powers and Abilities[edit | hide]

    Powers[edit | hide]

    • Longevity: Like his teammates, Steele was given a piece of Immortus and subsequently gained the ability to survive for over decades without any signs of aging.[12] After the defeat of Immortus, Steele regained his immortality through ingesting a piece of Immortus' toenail, though his Parkinson's disease continued to affect him, leading to his death.[8]
    • Cyborg Physiology: After his car crash, Steele's brain was placed in a robotic body.[2]
      • Advanced Durability: The Robotman is made of metal, protecting Steele's brain from attacks. However, the metal created by Silver Tongue seems to be able to damage the armor.[2]
      • Disease Immunity: Without flesh and body cells like a normal human, Steele was immune to infectious diseases.[2]
      • Enhanced Stamina: Placed in the Robotman, Steele did not require food or water other than the nutrients supplied by the armor itself.[2]
      • Enhanced Strength: The Robotman had the ability of tremendous strength, capable of sending an average human flying.[2]
      • Microscopic Vision: Steele's visual sensors were able to zoom in on specific items, allowing him to see different objects at a long distance.[2]
      • Oxygen Independence: Steele was shown to be able to survive in space with no air.[13]
      • Sense of Touch: After his body was destroyed, Silas and Vic Stone created a replacement hand for Steele's missing one. The new hand was installed with nanites, which gave him the sense of touch after years of not being able to feel at all.[4]

    Abilities[edit | hide]

    • Driving: Steele was a race car driver, proving his exception driving.[2]
    • Dancing: Steele watched Flashdance for 87 times, having the knowledge on a variety of dancing styles.[2]
    • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Steele was shown to be able to fight multiple enemies using his robotic body.[5]
    • Bilingualism: Despite recovering from the zombie infection, Steele remains capable of understanding the zombie language.[14]

    Weaknesses[edit | hide]

    • Electricity: With his brain stored with a liquid substance in a metal container, Steele is extremely vulnerable to electricity.[15]
    • Parkinson's Disease: After being unwaxed, Steele started losing control over his body despite having no mechanical errors in his body and often frozen in place, with his right-hand shaking. The abnormal activities were later deduced as Parkinson's disease by his daughter.[7]
    • Reduced Speed: Steele's robotic body is made of metal, making him extremely heavy, causing him to walk slower than average humans.[2]
    • Vulnerability: Even though the robotic body is made of metal, the gaps and bolts between the armor pieces are still vulnerable to attacks of small creatures. Additionally, when the nutrition tank is compromised, it places Steele in a hallucinogenic state or even cause a stroke.[2]

    Former Weaknesses[edit | hide]

    • Dissociative Memory: During the early days of being placed in the Robotman, Steele often sees visions of her daughter and flashbacks to his altered accident where he died during the race.[2]
    I can't feel pain. No matter how hard I hit, where I hit, what I hit, I can't feel pain.
    — Steele to Chief[src]
    • Loss of Senses: Due to a lack of sensory neurons on his robotic body, he is unable to have senses with the exception of sight and hearing, which were artificially installed by Niles Caulder on his body.[2]

    Equipment[edit | hide]

    Former Equipment[edit | hide]

    • Doom Patrol Uniform: In a fantasy created by Mister Nobody, Steele wore a red and white t-shirt alongside the team.[6]
    • Robotman: After the accident, Steele was placed in a robotic body with his brain controlling it.[2]
    • Rog: When the Brain took Steele's Robotman body for himself, Steele was placed in Rog, a gigantic robot built by Mister Nobody for the Brotherhood of Evil.[3]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Appearances
    Pilot Appears
    Donkey Patrol Appears
    Puppet Patrol Appears
    Cult Patrol Appears
    Paw Patrol Appears
    Doom Patrol Patrol Appears
    Therapy Patrol Appears
    Danny Patrol Appears
    Jane Patrol Appears
    Hair Patrol Appears
    Frances Patrol Appears
    Cyborg Patrol Appears
    Flex Patrol Appears
    Penultimate Patrol Appears
    Ezekiel Patrol Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five Appears
    Fun Size Patrol Appears
    Tyme Patrol Appears
    Pain Patrol Appears
    Sex Patrol Appears
    Finger Patrol Appears
    Space Patrol Appears
    Dumb Patrol Appears
    Dad Patrol Appears
    Wax Patrol Appears
    Possibilities Patrol Appears
    Vacay Patrol Appears
    Dead Patrol Appears
    Undead Patrol Appears
    Dada Patrol Appears
    1917 Patrol Appears
    Bird Patrol Appears
    Subconscious Patrol Appears
    Evil Patrol Appears
    Amends Patrol Appears
    Doom Patrol Appears
    Butt Patrol Appears
    Nostalgia Patrol Appears
    Youth Patrol Appears
    Hope Patrol Appears
    Orqwith Patrol Appears
    Fame Patrol Appears
    Immortimas Patrol Appears
    Tomb Patrol Appears
    Portal Patrol Appears
    Done Patrol Appears

    Notes[edit | hide]

    • Steele sports the number 8 as a race car driver.[2]

    Gallery[edit | hide]

    Promotional Images[edit | hide]

    References[edit | hide]


    Other versions of Cliff Steele
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    Earth: 9  Mindscape

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